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5.1. Compensating Organ Donors: Why Commercialisation and Exploitation are not Good Arguments

- Leonardo D. de Castro, Ph.D.
Department of Philosophy,
University of the Philippines,
Diliman, Quezon City, 1104 The Philippines
Email:decastro@skyinet.net

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Receiving payment for human organs is ordinarily thought to nullify altruistic motivations. However, compensated donation and altruism are not necessarily incompatible. The arguments against giving compensation stand on weak rational grounds: (1) the charge that compensation fosters commercialisation has neither been specific enough to account for different types of monetary transactions nor sufficiently grounded in reality to be rationally convincing; (2) although altruism is commendable, organ donors should not be compelled to act purely on the basis of altruistic motivations, especially if there are good reasons to believe that significantly more lives can be saved and enhanced if incentives are put in place; and (3) offering compensation for organs does not necessarily lead to exploitation - on the contrary, it may be regarded as a necessity in efforts to minimize the level of exploitation that already exists in current organ procurement systems.

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